AVAILABLE LIGHT explores filmmaking and cinematic languages as part of postdisciplinary/environmental humanities.

One reason why filmmaking is relatively absent from humanistic scholarship, we think, is because the academic peer culture is wired around text and communication through reading and writing. AVAILABLE LIGHT aims to bring together ideas and works of critically minded scholars and artists: hybrid peers, with  mutual interests in researching the world and expressing themselves through films and filmmaking.

We strive to maintain an inclusive and critical approach to filmmaking that is historically grounded but that focuses on the novel and hybrid. Filmmaking of interest is critical, participatory, experimental and theoretically grounded from diverse geographies, cultures and traditions (i.e. art, skate, essay, music, indie, documentary, fiction, nature, new wave, Thai surreal, African griot, Nordic socal provocations, Indonesian psychodramas, Hollywood editing, MacDougall´s book films, Leviathan´s action cameras etc).

The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council FORMAS and affiliated with KTH Environmental Humanities Lab in Stockholm, African Centre for Cities, UCT in Cape Town and the Department of Geography at The University of Manchester.

As for “Available Light” it is the title of Clifford Geertz´final book,  Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics (2000). Geertz is inspirational as an early postdisciplinary and public scholar who wove together philosophy of knowledge, anthropology and fiction in accounts that were at once critical, specific and literary.

 

Contact

Jacob von Heland (PhD, Principal Investigator)

Visual Environmental Humanities
KTH Environmental Humanities Lab
Department of Philosophy and History
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Henrik Ernstson (PhD)

Human Geography

Lecturer
Department of Geography
The University of Manchester

Honorary Research Fellow
African Centre for Cities
University of Cape Town

Researcher
KTH Environmental Humanities Lab
Department of Philosophy and History
KTH Royal Institute of Technology